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We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

Dyn ni’n tyfu gyda ‘n gilyddd mewn cariad Duw wrth i ni weddio, dysgu a chwarae

Year 4

REMINDER - all families are invited to celebrate Mass on Sunday 17th February in St Joseph's Church at 9.15am. The children will be leading the Mass of thanksgiving for Mrs Wells.

Welcome to Year 4!


All class photos will now be uploaded to the 'Gallery'. Please click '2018-19' and go to 'Year 4'.


Spring Term - 'What a Load of Rubbish!'                                                              

In the Spring Term, we will be focusing on why people should recycle. In line the new curriculum, the topic is aimed at helping the children develop into ethical, informed citizens who: find, evaluate and use evidence in forming views to show their commitment to the sustainability of the planet.


Throughout the topic, the children will represent data using bar charts, use four/eight compass points to tell directions to recycling centres in Cardiff and use 4 figure grid references to locate recycling centres in Cardiff.


Digital competence will be developed through the use of iPad applications such as Green Screen and Puppet Pals HD. Microsoft Teams will also be used by the children to create data sets and extract information from them. Focus will be placed on the use of Microsoft Excel.


The topic will help the children to understand why recycling helps protect the environment. Homework will be set encouraging the children to record how many newspapers, food tins, plastic bottles, drinks cans and yogurt pots they recycle each week. Their findings will be used to estimate how much their households recycle per year. They will devise a table to show their results. These results will then be compared to data about UK recycling habits. This data is represented in bar charts.




Throughout the year, the children will develop the following skills:


  • select and construct appropriate charts, diagrams and graphs with suitable scales.
  • select from an increasing range of checking strategies to decide if answers are reasonabler
  • read and write numbers to 10 000
  • use mental strategies to recall multiplication tables for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 and use to solve division problems
  • multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100.
  • halve 3-digit numbers in the context of number, money and measures
  • add a 2-digit number to, and subtract a 2-digit number from, a 3-digit number using an appropriate mental or written method
  • use money to pay for items up to £10 and calculate the change
  • measure and calculate the perimeter of squares and rectangles
  • measure on a ruler to the nearest mm and record using a mix of units, e.g. 1cconvert metric units of length to smaller units, e.g. cm to mm, m to cm, km to m.m 3mm
  • tell the time to the nearest minute on analogue clocks
  • read hours and minutes on a 24-hour digital clock
  • take temperature readings using thermometers and interpret readings above and below 0°C.
  • represent data using: lists, tally charts, tables and diagrams, bar charts and bar line graphs labelled in 2s, 5s and 10s, pictograms where one symbol represents more than one unit using a key and Venn and Carroll diagrams.




We understand the importance of literacy skills and their use within the wider world.  As part of your child's literacy lessons, they will be learning to spell words relating to specific patterns each week in class.  We have listened to your feedback and have made available lists of words that you can study with your child at home.  The lists compiled are words that your child will come across as part of their reading in school and are age appropriate. These can be found under 'Resources and Useful Links'. 




PE will take place every Thursday. Please make sure you bring your kit and suitable footwear. 




Bug Club

It is expected that the children use Bug Club to support to developing their reading skills at home. Books have been assigned to each child and can be accessed using under the 'Useful Links' section below. 



Children also have access to Mathletics. which is an online learning resource which supports the development of mathematical skills at home. Children are expected to make use of this resource on an weekly basis and work their way through the challenges assigned to them. A link to the site can be found under the 'Useful Links' section below.  



At St. Joseph's R.C. Primary School, we use Hwb, which is a collection of online tools provided by the Welsh Government, to develop digital skills. Hwb also provides the children with access to Encyclopedia Britannica, should they need to carry out research at home. Tools which support the children in developing their maths, literacy and programming skills are also accessible via the site. 


Elements of the ‘My St. Josephs’ umbrella, which was introduced in 2018, are completed using one of the tools available within Hwb.  The umbrella comprises of ‘My Profile’, ‘My Targets’, ‘My Voice’, ‘My Way’ and ‘My Challenge’. These are known as the ‘5 MYs’ and every child’s learning journey in Key Stage 2 will be evidenced through these. 

My Profile’ and ‘My Targets’ are both completed independently by the children on Hwb, using Microsoft Teams. These are to be updated throughout the year as part of their homework.


Microsoft Teams (accessed within Hwb and Office 365) is used as our main tool for developing digital skills and facilitating online collaboration within our school. Homework will often be set via the 'Assignments' tab. 


A link to Hwb, can be found under the 'Useful Links' section below. 


Useful Links

Other Useful Information


Any homework you are required to complete will be listed here. Homework will often need to be completed online using either a Microsoft Form or by accessing an assignment within Microsoft Teams. English and Maths homework is to be completed every week on Bug Club and Mathletics. 

8th February 2019


Context Homework (How much do you recycle?)


The class need to draw this chart to record the items they recycle in green bags this weekend. They need to bring their results to class with them on Monday. 


Item  Number put in green recycling bag over the weekend
Newspapers and Magazines   
Food tins  
Plastic bottles  
Drink cans  
Yogurt pots